Sarah Gavron (2019)

Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, Dangelou Osei Kissiedu Rated 12 Run time 93 mins
Rocks, a 15 year old teenager, lives a full vibrant life in East London with her team of female best friends. When she returns from school to find her mum gone, she is determined to stick with her 7 year old brother and avoid being taken into care.
When authorities finally catch up with her, there is really only one source of support for her to turn to, her friends.
A film about the joy, resilience and spirit of girlhood.
97% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.5 /10 – IMDB
“Rocks is a coming-of-age film that makes us rethink what that term means — and its production was just as refreshing. An authentic British story of, mostly, black and brown girls, its cast is populated by teenagers who hadn’t acted before, with a 75 per cent female crew
The realism of the style matches subject matter, where there’s a refusal to shy away from the hard truths of Rocks’ descent into rage and confusion. Yet there’s no trace of kitchen-sink miserablism in the film; it’s too buoyant, and its lead performance too luminously hopeful.
Rocks: The Making of the Must-See British Film of 2020 – Empire